Made any New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? There’s nothing like a fresh start to begin change, but the Christmas overload of gifts (and years worth of clutter!) might well be the reason you find it so difficult to stick to them…
Psychologists1 say the clutter we refuse to banish from our lives is a distractor from sticking to our plans. This is because the human brain is just not equipped to deal with so much stimulation from all the chaotic objects we see around us, it drains our energy and breaks focus.
On the other hand, when we clear the clutter and make free space, we tend to breathe a sigh of relief. Our moods change instantly, we feel lighter, more composed and better still more motivated.
Tidying and de-cluttering your environment enables you to handle more, which is why you feel a psychological weight lifted and more energised.
Ok, so before we make promises for the New Year, we should de-clutter our homes for January, to really bring about that fresh start. However, the biggest hurdle is overcoming the ‘where do I start’ thought process.
Start with action, rather than over-thinking it – which can lead to talking yourself out of action! First walk around your house and empty the bins and anything in sight you don’t need. This quick tip helps settle you into the right frame of mind for de-cluttering.
Now you can start room by room by tidying up what you can see – ignore insides of cupboards and wardrobes for now. Whenever you come across something you haven’t used in a long time, or don’t need, place in a charity bag, rubbish bag or ‘haven’t decided yet’ bag. This puts less stress on your cognitive process, helping you to make quicker decisions and causing the de-cluttering challenge to feel a whole lot easier!
Having de-cluttered and tidied your home, you may feel a little frustrated that you’re still compromising on space. This is where choosing the right furniture, or more importantly, choosing the right storage furniture comes in.
Finding the right balance between easily putting something away, and taking something out is key. The right storage for your home relies on three important rules:
We’ve picked the three biggest clutter attracting rooms and given you the steps and advice needed to make sure your rooms stay storage beautiful.
For bedroom de-cluttering, it is best to work out what you need and make a list. Then you can see how much hanging and drawer space you need.
For the living room, you should first plan how you’d like to use it. Are you going to use it for entertaining guests? As a home cinema and for computer games? Or more for reading, lounging or board games. It may seem obvious, but these decisions will help determine furniture arrangements, and the storage you’ll need.
More often than not, the dining room will consist of a table, chairs and sideboard. Depending on the size and usage of the room there can be more pieces, but rarely is there less. It can also be a place for socialising or a place of work.
You can’t go wrong with these tips so bear in mind this New Year, when you make your resolutions, that a de-cluttered home is your best bet for sticking to your goals!